If the thought of heading straight to university or into the world of work makes you want to weep, then you may be considering taking a gap year. Specially designed gap year holidays are a great way to see the world. Plus, you could even gain work experience by spending your time working in another country!
Unfortunately, gap year holidays can be expensive. For many wannabe travellers on a budget, going abroad for some or all of a gap year can seem out of reach.
The good news is that it does not have to be this way.
If you know that you want to spend at least some of your gap year away from home but do not want to break the bank, then take a look at our best cheap gap year holidays of 2018.
Teach at a University in China
If you believe that gap year holidays are meant for experiencing life working in another country, then spending a could be exactly what you are looking for.
Organised by Teach English In China, this placement will involve teaching students English for 15 – 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday, giving you plenty of time to travel.
You will be paid a salary of £800 a month. Accommodation is provided by the school you will be teaching in. They say that this is normally free of charge.
The experience, which lasts for 330 days, costs from £400.
If you are not able to take a whole year out to work away from home, it is not necessary to miss out on gap year holidays altogether.
Shorter gap year holidays, such as at the famous Oktoberfest in Munich, are a great way to meet other like-minded people and spend some time abroad.
From £245, you could spend 4 days in Munich at the world’s largest beer festival, with thousands of other beer-lovers.
Just do not forget to consume in moderation, especially if you are on a strict budget!
Nepal Monastery Experience
Want something a little different for your gap year holidays? Described by as an “incredible and rare opportunity”, this trip gives you the opportunity to live with monks in a .
You will get to teach English to young monks and there will be plenty of opportunities to travel in your free time.
The trip lasts from 2 to 12 weeks. Prices start from £588.
Volunteer to help build shelter and care centres for vulnerable children in Swaziland
Spend your gap year to orphaned children’s lives by working to provide shelters and classrooms for vulnerable children.
As well as helping out, you will also get free time to take part in optional activities, including a safari.
Prices start from £929 and trips last for between 2 and 12 weeks.
Spend your gap year holidays training to become a ski instructor
If you like the thrill of skiing down a black run and relish any opportunity to head on holiday to the mountains, then why not consider training to ?
The strapline reads “qualify by Christmas and work the winter”, making this a great way to get a qualification to enable you to earn money on your gap year.
Prices start at £380. Training courses last between 5 and 56 days.
Gap year holidays: how to spend time abroad on a budget
Gap year holidays are so much more than spending a few weeks lazing around on a lounger, cocktail in hand (although a bit of this is obviously welcome).
No matter what you want to do, where you want to go or how strict your budget is, you should be able to find something that works for you.
One of the best ways to take gap year holidays when you are on a budget is to earn while you travel. There are many different ways to do this, including teaching English or becoming a ski instructor.
If you would like to spend your gap year giving back, there are many worthy causes all over the world that are itching for motivated people just like you to come and help out on their projects.
Finally, if you need a short break away from it all and would like to meet other like-minded travellers, there is also the opportunity to go away on group tours for only a few hundred pounds.